A Series for Catalysts
Begin or expand your allyship journey thorugh our four-part seriesSelect a session below for more information
Intro to Allyship
July 30, 2020
Leadership & Teams
August 13, 2020
Allyship inHiring & the Job Search
August 27, 2020
Mental Health & Self Care
September 10, 2020
How can you take action and
become an ally in your community?
Catalysts share their personal experiences with allyship to help you get involved.
In the midst of a global pandemic, the U.S. is also facing one of the largest demonstrations demanding social and civil rights reform to date. These moments are calling for courageous action. But how do you transform moments into meaningful, lasting change? How do you transform moments into a movement? And how can individuals take action through allyship to forward these movements in our communities? Join InHerShoes as we explore these questions through the lens of Catalysts sharing their own personal experiences with allyship.
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Session 1: Intro to Allyship
Meet our speakers
Learn more about Corey here
Corey Ponder is an empathy practitioner and educator who works with innovative companies and individuals to build safe spaces for inclusive and diverse experiences.
Corey believes in the power of human connection and how that drives real impact. Over his 10 years of professional experience as a policy analyst in the public sector and a program manager and policy professional in the private sector, Corey knows that an emphasis on emotional intelligence—self-awareness, empathy, and interpersonal skills—leads to a more committed, productive, and engaged workforce creating a real impact in the workplace and spaces they occupy.
Corey has scaled diversity initiatives across several companies, including with CIA and Facebook, and has spoken on allyship and empathy for several organizations, including Chan Zuckerberg initiative, Fitbit, MomWarrior, and Expedia. He has also developed and facilitated over 60 workshops on allyship, bias, privilege, and building empathy across the tech industry. He continues to publish on these topics as well — essays, podcasts, and articles — most recently being featured in Fortune Magazine's raceAhead newsletter.
Corey holds a Master's in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.
Chief LaJuana Haselrig
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Chief Haselrig began her career with LASD in 1988 as a deputy sheriff trainee. After the Academy, she was assigned to Sybil Brand Institute. She worked patrol at Carson station, serving in various capacities before transferring to Recruit Training Bureau as a staff instructor.
She promoted to the rank of sergeant and served at Walnut and Compton stations. While at Compton, she was the patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, and acting watch commander.
Haselrig promoted to lieutenant at Pitchess Detention Center and later went to Century Regional Detention Facility, West Hollywood, Coveted Testing Unit, and Central Property and Evidence, where she was responsible for oversight of the largest evidence and property warehouse in the county.
She promoted to captain and was assigned to Court Services Transportation Bureau, responsible for managing the transportation of inmates to and from stations, courthouses, and jail facilities all over the county.
Throughout her career, she has served in many roles, including being the first community oriented policing deputy for the city of Carson and Emergency Operations coordinator at Walnut Station. She has been Board Chair for The Resource Center and a representative for multiple law enforcement unions.
Haselrig has been involved with Feed the Homeless events, the Community Development Center and Project Angel Tree. She has helped organize charitable giving campaigns and was a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix.
Haselrig has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Emergency Management Administration.
When she is off-duty, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, golfing, and staying active. She has run the Los Angeles Half Marathon, as well as the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Boston Marathons.
As Chief, Haselrig oversees Court Services Division, which is comprised of approximately 634 courtrooms and lock-up facilities in 58 court buildings throughout the county. The Division transports 4,500 inmates daily, traveling over two million miles annually.
Learn more about Sophie here
Sophie Sandberg is a gender justice activist, chalk artist and founder of the popular initiative against street harassment, Catcalls of NYC. She leads Chalk Back, an international youth-led movement consisting of 150 “Catcalls of” chapters around the world.
Her work with Catcalls of NYC and Chalk Back has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CCN, Cosmopolitan, and NBC. She is a fellow of the Vital Voices and Tresemme Leadership Incubator for young women. She has presented her work to students at Juilliard University, Pratt University, Plan International's Youth Leadership Academy, The Think Peace Workshop for Girls, and YouthBridge Munich. She has given talks at UNESCO's Media Information Literacy Conference, and UNESCO’s World Cities Day.
Sophie champions local and global efforts to combat gender-based violence through public art, education, and events.
Learn more about Kristin here
Kristin Ornelas is an Organizational Psychologist and is Head of Organizational Development at InHerShoes. Her passion for bettering organizational cultures began in the 4th grade when she started her own peer mediation program. She is dedicated to humanizing the workplace. What does that mean? Kristin builds positive organizational - employee relationships through evidence-based applied psychology practices to improve employee retention, transform communication practices, increase productivity and foster a foundation for lasting business and individual success.
Human behavior in the workplace has always fascinated Kristin and she has spent the past decade studying the deep connection that organizational culture and leadership have on a person’s psyche. Kristin is the solution to improve talent assessment practices, leadership development, bridge strategic partnerships, and organizational effectiveness.
Kristin is passionate about decreasing the occupational burnout rate, fostering diversity and inclusion and closing the gender pay gap.
Kristin is the honored recipient of the 2020 Tenopyr Prize by University Southern California for her exemplification of the ideals in the organizational psychology profession. From working with LiveNation, start-up organizations, and individual leaders Kristin’s organizational psychology background correlates to facilitating a deeper meaning on efforts to increase systems for profitability, productivity and personal ROI.
Kristin holds LA roots and currently lives in NYC. She is energized by being of service to others, providing mentorship, music, dancing, courageous acts, and practices for self-awareness.
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Session 2: Allyship in Leadership & Teams
In part two of our Catalyze Allyship series, join us for a panel discussion on taking action for the greater good in leadership roles. We will dig into the cross-section of how to effectively lead, the mindset of awareness in promoting equality and innovation and how to confront the tough decisions.
Karla Guadalupe Garcia
Learn more about Karla here
Karla Guadalupe Garcia is a native of Southeast Dallas and a product of Dallas ISD schools. The proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, García graduated from Dallas ISD’s Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first public all-girls magnet school in the state of Texas. She was the first in her family to attend college and studied public policy and entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her unique experiences in the private and public sectors while working in Washington, D.C., London and Dallas have helped solidify her aspirations in public service. Upon returning to Dallas to join an initiative making a college education possible for all students, Garcia was inspired to run for Dallas ISD District 4 trustee to address the inequities of the public school system and their impact on her local community. Her vision for a community where zip codes do not define destinies. She was elected in June of 2019 and became the youngest and first Latina Trustee in the history of Dallas ISD.
Garcia was honored as the 2020 Champion Volunteer by the League of Women Voters of Dallas and 2020 Young Leader by the Texas Women’s Foundation.
Sherry Simpson Dean
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Sherry Simpson Dean is currently the chief engagement and innovation strategist for the largest funder of independent documentary films in America (ITVS). She is a recognized leader at the intersection of media and social change. Most recently, she has reimagined and instituted a an impact innovation strategy for public media, amplifying a competitive edge for top-tier content creators and production companies in the news/documentary ecosystem.
Her expertise has been honed over the last fifteen years, during which time she has secured financing for multiple film, television and music projects. This list includes her production AMANDLA! a revolution in four-part harmony for which she won an Emmy and Sundance Awards. The film was developed and produced by Simpson over a 10 year period and is considered the seminal film on the role of song in South Africa’s victorious struggle for freedom. Following the success of this film she was deemed a subject-matter-expert on South Africa’s human rights struggle and lectured globally on the impact of arts and culture. Following that, her talents and expertise were put to use in her role as a west coast Executive Director for the United Nations Association based in Pasadena, CA. In that role she established grassroots campaigns to promote the UN Global Goals and led the founding of the city’s official UN Human Rights Day -- now an annual celebration in perpetuity of UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
She continues to produce films for social good as well as commercial ventures. Recent projects include a series of film shorts produced in the zone surrounding Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee camps. The storytelling project sponsored by the UNDP focuses on refugees who are creating businesses in the camps. She wrote a series of articles on US-Korea relations last year as part of a cohort sponsored by NPR and USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. She traveled to the DMZ to report on the emerging summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un.
Sherry has worked in academia since 2010. She was a co-faculty advisor at Occidental College (Los Angeles) to a breakthrough student/faculty hybrid-initiative, Oxypreneurship (OXP). OXP seeks to transform liberal arts education by incorporating entrepreneurship and innovation. Sherry also served as an interim Dean of Intercultural Affairs at Occidental College. In 2018 she earned an executive certificate in social innovation from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy as a compliment to her USC Annenberg work focused on ecosystems of power. Her TEDx Talk, Recipe for Freedom provides a new way to define personal success.
Learn more about Maria here
Maria Nguyen is a Creative Director and Founder of The Art of Plating, an award winning media company and agency dedicated to all things culinary. Feeding the food obsessed around the world through captivating content, Maria’s work has been seen across publications like Forbes, National Geographic, ABC, Food & Wine, Saveur, Eater, Buzzfeed, Yahoo!, and Vogue to name a few.
In 2019, she launched TAOP Rising Talent with her partners as part of her mission to support young talents in hospitality and has lent her voice to bring awareness to causes that she is passionate about in the social, environmental, and health sector. You can find her on Instagram @mariataop or @theartofplating, or check out The Art of Plating’s new podcast On The Pass on Apple or Spotify.
Learn more about Gabriel here
Gabriel Ornelas is a business and innovation strategy executive. He advises entrepreneurs, creatives and brands across hospitality, food and beverage entertainment, fashion and lifestyle. Gabriel has distilled, deployed and designed compelling experiences and partnerships through content, social and experiential marketing. Having worked with Faena Group Hotels, Mercedes Benz, Citi, Barneys New York, Moet Hennessy and Valrhona Chocolate to name a few, Gabriel’s vision and foresight has positioned him to discover breakthrough opportunities for clients while simultaneously growing their business and cultural relevance. Gabriel is Managing Partner of dc Media Ventures a boutique strategy and management consulting agency and is a Partner at The Art of Plating, a food and travel focused creative and production consultancy and is the host of ‘On The Pass' a podcast presented by The Art of Plating highlights dynamic figures in food, beverage and hospitality.
Gabriel also serves as a strategic advisor to MRad Architecture, Committee Member of the Los Angeles Zoo, Committee Member to the Girl Scouts of America and is on the Youth Leadership Board of Conservation International.
Tanya Monsef is an executive coach and business consultant. She designs leadership training, leads workshops, provides one-on-one coaching, and facilitates conversations for clients around the world. She speaks boldly about the power of leading from authenticity as a way to create harmony in the world.
As an internationally recognized leader in many national and international organizations supporting women and entrepreneurship, Tanya Monsef Bunger has a background of 25+ years of Silicon Valley high tech, startups and non-profit business success in the areas of finance, marketing and strategy. She has coached and delivered programs with leaders from 40+ countries from all walks of life.
She is Dean's Executive Professor, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University (SCU), CA. Additionally, Tanya serves in various leadership capacities, including as Former Board Chair for Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), Co-Founder of SF Turkish Women’s International Network Chapter, Board of Fellows at Santa Clara University, Advisory Board for My Own Business Institute and Readability Matters. Additionally, she is a leader in the Conscientious Capitalism Leadership program and Plan C Advisors.
She loves working with individuals, teams and organizations to build highly collaborative work environments that achieve high impact results, with an emphasis on start-ups.
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